UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash

And we’ve got details of other awards here too. The fourth annual  UK  Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 31st January  2019  at  HackneyEmpire, and the AMA-UK has chosen Graham Nash to receive its highest honour, the  2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the  Americana genre over the span of his career and life in music.

Stevie Freeman, AMA-UK’s CEO said: “It feels absolutely right that Graham Nash OBE will be accepting our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, joining past winners Richard Thompson and Robert Plant. Like them, Graham Nash certainly isn’t slowing down and he has toured both the US and UK in 2018. His prolific solo career spans five decades, alongside an incredible body of work with two iconic bands: The Hollies and international supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Nash wrote some of CSNY’s most memorable songs, including world-wide hits that remain part of our musical landscape. He has never shied away from using his voice for activism, with political and environmental messages often heard in his work. He is a wonderful icon for trans-transatlantic collaborations, proving once again that the core values of this music travel and mix to create a unique form that we call Americana.”

The Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award will be given to the excellent London five-piece Curse Of Lono, and the nominations shortlist for the seven membership-voted Awards were also announced which you can read below. The festival will include a two night showcase festival on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th January, featuring 48 artists playing in various venues around Hackney Central, including Sam Lewis, GangstaGrass, Coco and the Butterfields, Days are Done, Martin Harley, The Luck, Birds of Chicago, Austin Lucas, Lucas and King , Jamie Freeman,Police Dog Hogan, Wild Ponies, Amy Speace, Martha L Healy, Noble Jacks, The Blue Highways, Caleb Caudle, Caroline Spence, Arkansas Dave, Nicki Bluhm, Mike Farris.

We will be there of course to report on the conference and awards in January.  In the meantime, here are those nominees (go Darlingside!!)

UK Album of the Year

“All On Red” by Orphan Colours (produced by Steve Llewellyn, Fred Abbott and Rupert Christie)
“Bennett Wilson Poole” by Bennett Wilson Poole (produced by Tony Poole)
“Shorebound” by Ben Glover (produced by Neilson Hubbard and Ben Glover)
“Treetop Flyers” by Treetop Flyers (produced by Reid Morrison, Sam Beer and Laurie Sherman)

International Album of the Year

“By The Way I Forgive You” by Brandi Carlile (produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings)
“May Your Kindness Remain” by Courtney Marie Andrews (produced by Mark Howard and Courtney Marie Andrews)
“Ruins” by First Aid Kit (produced by Tucker Martine)
“The Tree of Forgiveness” by John Prine (produced by Dave Cobb)

UK Song of the Year

“Be More Kind” by Frank Turner (written by Frank Turner)
“Chicago” by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker (written by Josienne Clarke)
“Southern Wind” by Dean Owens (written by Dean Owens and Will Kimbrough)
“Uh-huh” by Jade Bird (written by Jade Bird)

International  Song of the Year

“Hold Your Head Up High” by Darlingside (written by Auyon Mukharji, Caitlin Canty and Donald Mitchell)
“Mockingbird” by Ruston Kelly (written by Ruston Kelly)
“Rolling On” by Israel Nash (written by Israel Nash)
“The Joke” by Brandi Carlile (written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and TimHanseroth)

UK Artist of the Year

Bennett Wilson Poole
Ethan Johns
Robert Plant
The Wandering Hearts

International Artist of the Year

John Prine
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Mary Gauthier
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

UK Instrumentalist of the Year

CJ Hillman
Gwenifer Raymond
Martin Harley
Seth Lakeman

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

2 thoughts on “UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash”

  1. ‘Nash wrote some of CSNY’s most memorable songs’ ? really Marrakesh Express, Our House, Teach Your Children – always in the shadow of the other three songs so I can’t agree with that sweeping statement. Nash is a lightweight.

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